VVV Survey - Millennium Institute of Astrophysics - Chile


133 - VVV Survey - Millennium Institute of Astrophysics - Chile

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The main mission of the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics ·MAS· in Chile is to prepare the astronomical community for the upcoming large telescopes with state-of-the-art data analysis techniques. MAS anticipates the flourishing of synergies between astronomers, statisticians, scientific questions and data, in order to optimally tackle the large data volumes that will increasingly characterize Astronomy in years to come. MAS expects to have a leading role in a number of high-profile surveys, like the VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea Survey (VVV), an ESO Public Survey, which has been running since 2010 with prominent results. Half of our 12 senior astronomers are active members of the VVV Survey. We also collaborate in the HATSouth Network of six identical, fully automated wide field telescopes, located at three Southern sites (Chile: Las Campanas, Australia: Siding Springs, and Namibia: HESS site), as well as in the Chicago/Florida/Texas/MAS network, where astronomers with a variety of expertise to confront SN theory and observation in a holistic manner. Also, scientists from the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics MAS are analyzing big data, such as size, brightness or color of the objects found by SDSS, which currently has three surveys in progress: eBOSS, APOGEE-2 and MaNGA.